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To see whether land use changes from Shelley Street to Connaught Road Central.

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Geography Project Aim: To see whether land use changes from Shelley Street to Connaught Road Central. Results: *look at map *look at graph (graph features the right side of the road) Conclusion: There has been a significant change in land use from Shelley Street to Connaught Road Central. These changes include the height, age, land value and land use. As we move further down to the Central Business District the buildings in general get taller. The average building height from Mosque Street to Hollywood Road is below 10 floors but from Lyndhurst Street to Connaught Road Central the average building height is at least 15 floors. The age of the building is also very important. Because it would be unrealistic to find out exactly how old every building was, we had to make an educated guess. ...read more.

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On the ground floor of 2 commercial buildings are 2 large banks, one of them being a world-wide organization (HSBC). Before the CBD there were old but newly renovated residential buildings with small coffee shops, real estate agents, hair salons and old businesses i.e. printing companies, antique shops and decoration companies, but as the Shelley Street escalator moves further down to Central, affluent, glitzy commercial and residential buildings appear. The reason for this is mainly because of land value. As we move closer to the Central Business District, the land value goes up. Nonetheless there has been a decrease in prices since the recession. E.g. a three bedroom apartment in a more well-off development would cost HK$4-5 million as opposed to HK$6-7 million before 1998. However there are better deals in the older buildings further up Shelley Street. ...read more.

Conclusion

Even in Kowloon, which is maximum half an hour away from Central by public transport is barely worth more than HK$2 million. The Central Business District is mainly commercial with almost no residential buildings, mainly because it is impossible to afford. Therefore from Mosque Street to Hollywood Road are the older, more run-down buildings (pre-war) whilst from Lyndhurst Street down to Central are the richer, modern commercial buildings (post-war). This is because the CBD is where all the transport leads back to. It is also where all the major banks, offices and communication centers are, thereby being the heart of the city. For this reason, land is particularly expensive and valuable. Therefore the reason for the sudden change is because it is not only impractical to live in the CBD because of the noise but also expensive. This is why there are many residential buildings around Central so that it is convenient for work and transport but once we reach Central, commercial buildings rapidly appear. Stephanie Ko, L6 ...read more.

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